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Kahrer, Max

Max Kahrer Der Silbersee


1878 Timisoara – 1937 Klosterneuburg

“Der Silbersee” (“Silver Lake”) near Klosterneuburg
titled, numbered, signed and dated “M. Kahrer 1924”
oil on wood
14 ½ × 17 ½ in

Around the turn of the century, the Klosterneuburg villages of Kritzendorf and Höflein were popular recreational areas for Viennese society. The idyllic Silver Lake lies on the border of these two villages on the Danube. The romantic lake view is painted in a pasty, painterly resolution with reduced color palette in Kahrer’s own emotional style. His inner experience and love for nature play an important role in his atmospheric landscape paintings. The painting radiates calm through the harmonious palette of colors, at the same time it has a vital, joyful basic characteristic. The „Silbersee“ is a wonderful testimony to Kahrer’s emotive landscape painting. Max Kahrer first studied painting at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under Franz Rumpler and continued his studies in Munich in 1913/14. 1905/06 he joined the Hagenbund (1900-1938), which was founded around by young artists who were dissatisfied with the habits of the Wiener Künstlerhaus. In 1903 Kahrer moved to Klosterneuburg and founded the local artists‘ association „Verein heimischer Künstler in Klosterneuburg“ („society of local artists in Klosterneuburg“). From 1908 to 1937 his works were represented in a total of 16 exhibitions. Together with Egon Schiele, Ludwig Karl Strauch or Franz Rumpler, Kahrer had a major influence on art life in Klosterneuburg around and after the turn of the century.

excerpt from the artist’s note book: „17 Silbersee Ingenieur Wilhelm 1 .000 .00“.

lit: Max Kahrer. Leben und Werk, Klosterneuburg 1999.

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